Beau and Chase Arrive!

Today we welcomed two more interns! They are the last accepted interns for 2007, bringing our intern population to nine! (this doesn’t include our all-star volunteers). As a result of the rapid growth of our intern program, we’ve expanded to two different housing sites. Now the former Intern House has expanded its office space and decreased its housing capacity. This blog is in fact being written in the new office at the intern house. Corrina, the new intern coordinator, has done a fabulous job setting up the office, with great feng shui to boot!

Beau will be working on solar hot water systems and stoves, while Chase will be focused on a new biodigestor project.

Both gents had quite exciting adventures before arriving to Guatemala–Beau was a white water raft guide and Chase put over 9,000 miles on a motorcycle journey all over the US. Here’s some more info on them both:

Beau Baldock

Beau Baldock (Middlebury College, Vermont – History of Art and Architectural Design)
A recent graduate of Middlebury College’s Pre-Architecture program, Beau has spent the past several years developing his interest in the building technologies associated with recycled and natural materials. Rammed earth, passive solar, and recycled shipping containers are just a few of the elements he pursued as an undergraduate. Beau was recently trained at the Auroville Earth Institute in South India as to the production and implementation of Compression Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEB’s). A combined interest in
sustainability, the Spanish language, and indigenous cultures has led him to AIDG. When time permits, Beau enjoys raft guiding, caving, and skiing.

Chase Nelson

Chase Nelson (Michigan Technological University, Environmental Engineering)
While a student at Michigan Technological University (MTU) Chase completed semesters at the following universities (through exchange programs); Curtin University (Perth, Australia), University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. At MTU he took advantage of many service work opportunities to enhance his training as an environmental engineer and to help those less fortunate. In the fall of 2006, he designed a storm water drainage system for a village in Bolivia. In May 2007 Chase graduated from MTU with a degree in Environmental Engineering.